Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this film, an angel falls from the sky and one on-looker sees him as a means of stopping the aging process, another (an archbishop) sees the angel as a ticket to the papacy, and in the case of Count Miklos Zrinyi (Viktor Fulop), the angel is a sign that he should lead the forces for Hungarian national unity (the year is 1664). When someone later tries to assassinate Count Miklos, the bullet is stopped by a crucifix he wears. Other adventures weave in and out of the story, but eventually Count Miklos, who first saw the angel fall while he was out hunting for boars, frees the winged celestial who was hiding in a hen house by this time, and the heavenly being flies away. Once he has gone, the story zips back to its opening scene of the Count and his men wounding a boar - now at the end, the boar comes back for its revenge and real history resumes its course. Director Ferenc Kardos may have been too enthusiastic in his mix of fantasy, literary allusions, and Hungarian history in Mennyei Seregek because the symbolism, whatever else it is, will be abstruse for many viewers. This tale is reminiscent of an earlier short story by Gabirel García Márquez in which an angel falls from the sky, is put in a chicken coop for want of any other idea, and is treated almost in a second-hand manner.
angel, assassination, immortality, peace, revenge